Montana: House Lawmakers Pass Medical Marijuana Repeal Measure

Helena, MT: Members of the Montana House of Representatives voted 63-to-37 Thursday in favor of House Bill 161, which seeks to repeal the state’s six-year-old medical cannabis law.

The measure now goes to the Senate.

Montana’s medical marijuana law was approved by ballot initiative in 2004. Sixty-two percent of voters decided in favor of the law.

Opponents of the law have claimed that it is associated with rising rates of teen drug use and traffic fatalities. However, state statistics do not support either claim.

Montana is one of fifteen states recognizing the physician-supervised use of cannabis. To date, no legislature has repealed such a law.

In 2010, Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, a Democrat, voiced his support for the state’s medical marijuana law.

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